Some people may think it odd that the person I'm closest to in my family, my sister, is a Republican -- and not just any Republican. She has informed me of each time the Romneys have visited her home, and she told me that she will be with them in Boston on election night.
For those candidates looking to court women voters, focusing on the survival of programs that keep food on the table, provide medical care, ensure a fair and equitable workplace, and give women the deciding voice in their own reproductive health care choices is a good place to start.
Don't be fooled that the gender gap -- the measurable difference in the way women and men vote for candidates and in the way they view political issues -- is disappearing. To the contrary, it is driving the 2012 election.
Watch the debates and learn more about EMILY's List's incredible pro-choice Democratic women. Because when you listen to what they have to say about things like healthcare access, equal pay, and economic security, your choice at the ballot box will be an easy one.
Romney's comment was awkward, politically tone deaf and worse, misleading. Still, much of the reaction has been over-hyped and even silly, detracting from discussions of the meatier issues facing women and families and how the next President will tackle them.
The Ledbetter case is not simply a story of how women are denied equal pay -- though it is certainly powerful on that front -- it is also a template for strategic action by progressives in fighting over the courts that could and should be scaled up and broadly deployed.
Mitt Romney launched a memorable meme when he said he had "binders of women," but his amusing turn of phrase shined a light on a horrible answer and a big problem. He doesn't support equal pay for women, and, gosh, he's trying so hard not to admit it.
Cracking the glass ceiling isn't just about making sure women have opportunities to work and receive equal pay and fair treatment, it's about women and men taking on equal responsibilities in all areas of life.
As long as there are people with Photoshop skills, social media know-how and a twisted sense of humor, there will be political memes. And thank God -- sometimes it takes a picture of school supplies full of women to make you think about the issues.
When we told them about the Republicans' attempt to block the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which 71 percent of them said was a convincing reason to not vote Republican, one woman spoke for millions across the country when she asked, "What is this, the Stone Age?"
The goal of this article is to evaluate how women and women's issues have fared during President's Obama's first term. We'll examine the entire four years in order to gauge progress and unresolved shortcomings.
"America's Comeback Team" of Romney/Ryan will come back for women's choice, women's health and women's pay, and they will not stop until all of the progress made in the fight for women's equality over the past 50 years has been erased.
I do not suggest that Mitt Romney has to run around like the Dutch boy and plug every stupid comment made by a member of his own party, but when he does, he should at least demonstrate some passion and principle.
Women across this country need to recognize their role in the democratic process -- not only are they voters, but they can be a valuable and powerful campaign resource. I challenge women to recognize that in themselves.
With Obama enjoying as much as a 20 point lead with women, who many pundits say could be the key to the election, you'd think the Romney would be a little more accommodating. But Romney's positions could not be clearer.
Mitt Romney's wife Ann may not be the only "secret weapon" the GOP's presumptive nominee is planning to deploy this fall to try to surmount his embarrassing double-digit gender gap with President Obama among women voters.